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Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar

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550 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607-3543
+1 510-832-9463
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Berkeley, California
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207 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

A number of friends and family members are vegan or vegetarian. Finding a restaurant that satisfies vegans while also satisfying omnivores is not easy. Encuentro offers many vegan dishes, and both vegetarian and vegan versions of many of their menu items. I had eaten there perhaps a year or two ago, thought the food was good, and that the place... More 

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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Its been on my to-go list for a while now, and I finally made it there. The food is beautifully presented, and tastes amazing. Loved the crostini with smoked pecan pate appetizer. The gnocchi which seems to be the most popular dish was good, but it was the chickpea socca that I found truly special. It came with yogurt and... More 

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1 Thank 3nvi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Amazing food. Hard to pick one favorite dish. Our table shared almost the whole menu and every dish was to die for. Get dessert! Can't wait to go back to Oakland to eat there again. Good place to impress nonvegans.

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1 Thank FERNANDA A
Rehovot
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64 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We had dinner for eight on a Sunday evening. The table was ready for us. The server was friendly and very helpful, especially to those who are not keen with vegan food or who had dietary restrictions. The bar serves wine and beer; no mixed drinks. No soup is on the menu. Portions are ample and very tasty.

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1 Thank Ira G
charlottesville
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

It's what they eat in heaven. Everything was delicious and it was the kind of place where you are so stuffed you feel uncomfortable but you want to keep eating. Expensive but worth it. I loved the gnocchi, the smoked pecan pate (all the wonderful flavor of meat pate but without the greasy heavy taste) I understand that the menu... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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113 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Short menu. Stunning menu. Service stunning. Prices reasonable. Presentation Outstanding. Atmosphere most enjoyable. For a meat eater this is somewhere I would highly recommend to get a taste for the other side. Exquisite experience that really grabs your taste buds. Couldn't say enough about it. Fantastic. My 1 x vegan and 1 x vegetarian companions totally raved about the food... More 

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3 Thank StephenCr0ss
Berkeley, California
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

This place is way out of my budget but we went with my bf's parents so we were able to splurge. Everything was really, really good. They had plenty of gluten free options. Everything on the menu is clearly labeled which is so incredibly helpful for those with food allergies. I had the gnocchi - very good! The desserts were... More 

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2 Thank Rosy E
Alameda, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

Elegant, friendly, my favorite place for special occasions. I have been there several times and no sour notes on anything I or my companions ordered. Creative truly delicious all-vegan menu.

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1 Thank RMSmiler
Santa Rosa, CA
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

My boyfriend is vegetarian so we thought this would be a good restaurant to try for his birthday. The food here is beautifully presented and tastes great, and the service was very good; all of the staff were friendly and helpful. Prices are a bit on the high side for vegetarian food but not too bad. We ate at the... More 

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San Diego, California
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

Went there our first night in oakland. There was a lot of people but were able to be seated in about 15 minutes. The food was really good. I had the pot pie. The sauce was tasty with bits of veggies and the top was a biscuit that was crispy/flaky. It was a huge portion I couldn't find Ishmael the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, American, Wine Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 550 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607-3543
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-832-9463

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?